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ASSEMBLY Ep 05: Films to Teach and Preach With

Part 2 in our conversation about film, morality, theology, and politics.

This second half of the conversation begins with big moral questions raised in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Then each panelists names a film that is useful for addressing morality, theology, and/or politics in teaching or preaching contexts: The Gospel according to St. Matthew (directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964); Cotton Comes to Harlem (Ossie Davis, 1970); The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004) — which has fascinating parallels with The Shape of Water; and Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006).

Our panelists are

  • Dr. Allison Whitney (Lubbock, TX): Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Texas Tech University
  • Nina Cartier (Chicago, IL): Instructor, Harold Washington College
  • Rev. Jason Chesnut (Baltimore, MD): storyteller, Lutheran (ELCA) pastor, and filmmaker
  • Zac Settle (Nashville, TN): PhD student in theology, Vanderbilt University, and theology editor, The Other Journal.